3DS Might Get Video Chat

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The 3DS can play 3DS games, DS games, it can play 3D movies. What else can it do? How about video chat. In 3D.

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In an interview with Forbes magazine, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said "Technologically speaking, a variety of different things are possible with the 3DS, for example, 3-D video chat."

Interesting. Not sure how that'd work, what with the 3D cameras on the outside, but hey, dream on, Mr. Iwata. It'd make for a nice tech demo, but since this is Nintendo (and also because 3D cameras aren't exactly common), it's likely you'd only be able to use it to communicate with other 3DS owners, reducing its usefulness.

Besides, they say the camera adds ten pounds in two dimensions. The third dimension may not be worth the self-loathing.

Nintendo's Game Changer [Forbes]

DISCUSSION

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Ghede

You know, I just thought of a question. Bear with me, (or bare with me, whatever makes you happy.) because I'm too lazy and it's too hot to commit to internet researching, but...

You ever notice how most 3D stuff "pops out" of the screen? That's what really seals it as gimmicky for me. I wonder if there is the tech, or prior examples of, stuff that used false depth instead of height.

I know that headtracking system that guy set up using a wii remote had that effect, and personally, I think it was pretty bitching. It'd be perfect for a handheld device, those are meant for one user for the most part anyways, and instead of moving your head, you could tilt the device.